Sassuolo-Bologna it had to be much more than just a derby. It had to be the turning point race, the redemption race, a signal sent to the championship by two teams that, on the eve of the season, were going through a period that was anything but simple. A signal, or rather two, which unfortunately gives opposite sensations. THEl 3-1 which rewards the neroverdi in fact it is a symptom that the "De Zerbismo" is back to being effective and not just beautiful, but also the rossoblus ditches, lacking not only in finalizers that concretize the chances to create goals, but above all of the grit, of the character, and of the wickedness that Mihajlovic had been able to broadcast at the start of the championship.A more orderly Sassuolo, which finds the fundamental pawn of Ciccio Caputo front and that, despite the 4-3-3 of De Zerbi does not differ much from that seen in the worst seasonal exits, it is solid even in the defensive phase. Mihajlovic and De Leo, thanks to the considerable absences, reinvent Bologna with a 4-2-3-1 that holds in the first 30 minutes, but depends only and exclusively on the bets of Riccardo Orsolini. Too little, and so after the occasions of Boga and Caputo on the one hand and of Svanberg and twice Orsolini on the other is precisely the re-entering I understood to find the advantage to the 34th when, after a miracle of Skorupski on Locatelli, the Polish goalkeeper beats by supporting the flying assist of Djuricic.
The Bologna does not react, it is the shadow of itself and seems a distant relative of the angry team seen at the beginning of the season with Mihajlovic, albeit suffering, on the bench. The entrance of Samson instead of a Skov Olsen never gives a small shock in the game and leads to Poli's shot saved to the 55th by Consigli, but it is an impromptu flash, because the rossoblus still capitulate on the 68th, still on the counterattack, with Boga that shoots vertically and beats Skorupski. This time the spring starts and at 69th the 2-1 comes immediately with Samson that snaps to the left and finds the winning assistant for the goal of Ursu. Once again, however, the goal is only a timid illusion, because at 75th, always vertically, Caputo skip two men and find the personal double that is worth 3-1 and closes the accounts.
A signal, or rather two, with a certainty finally found by De Zerbi's Sassuolo that he has in Berardi a leader finally total (and from National) and in Caputo the rediscovered finalizer who died in the last period. A signal, or rather two, also for the Bologna that does not come out of a black crisis, which increasingly lacks the moral presence of Mihajlovic but which, necessarily, lacks a finalizer able to realize the play of an Orsolini as a National. An Ibrahimovic, today more dream than reality, but in this Bologna could put, in the field and in the locker room, what Mihajlovic, unfortunately, cannot give at the moment.
Sassuolo-Bologna 3-1 (first half 1-0)
Markers: 34 'p.t. Caputo (S), 23 's.t. Boga (S), 24 's.t. Orsolini (B), 30 's.t. Caputo (S)
Assist: 34 'p.t. Djuricic (S), 23 's.t. Kyriakopoulos (S), 24 's.t. Krejci (B)
Sassuolo (4-2-3-1): Advice; Toljan, Romagna, Marlon, Kyriakopoulos; Magnanelli, Locatelli (32 's.t. Bourabia); Berardi (28 's.t. Defrel), Djuricic (15' s.t. Traore), Boga; Caputo. All. De Zerbi
Bologna (4-2-3-1): Skorupski; Mbaye, Bani, Danilo, Krejci; Poli (37 's.t. Schouten), Medel (15' s.t. Dzemaili); Orsolini, Svanberg, Skov Olsen (8 's.t. Sansone); Palacio. All. Tanjga
Referee: Mr. Piccinini of Forlì
Booked: 3 's.t. De Zerbi (S), 4 's.t. Medel (B), 8 's.t. Danilo (B), 16 's.t. Bani (B), 17 's.t. Marlon (S), 20 's.t. Dzemaili (B), 41 's.t. Magnanelli (S), 42 's.t. Svanberg (B), 44 's.t. Mbaye (B)